Academics

Students in a painting class in Siena, Italy

Course Overview

The two courses will run concurrently in the summer and students will earn a total of 8 credits. All academic work will be taught in English. The Brandeis professor serves as faculty director and shares teaching responsibilities with guest faculty from the Siena Art Institute.

In this experiential learning program, the classroom and studio sessions are fully integrated with excursions to artistic and cultural sites. These excursions are to sites of artistic significance and will directly relate to the course work in both the studio art and art history courses. Additional non-art related excursions would focus on creating a deeper understanding of contemporary Italian life, complementing the historical study for cultural integration.

The two courses were specifically designed by Brandeis faculty in the Department of Fine Arts and were approved for academic credit by the Brandeis Creative Arts Council.

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FA 28a Painting Siena

Explores the unique cultural and artistic contributions of Siena, Italy. Students will study and practice traditional and contemporary painting techniques with excursions to visit masterworks and experience the cultural life of the medieval city. Offered as part of the Brandeis in Siena Study Abroad program and fulfills the School of Creative Arts requirement. For studio art majors, the class fulfills one of the four beginning/intermediate painting and/or sculpture requirements. For art history majors, this class will count as one of two studio art classes required for the major.

Prerequisite

One fine arts studio course. One painting course is recommended.

Taught every other summer by Professor Joseph Wardwell.

Course Credit

The course grades will be listed on your Brandeis transcript and will count in your overall GPA. The courses will count as Brandeis credit, and not as transfer credit.

  • Both courses satisfy the Creative Arts requirement

  • FA 28a Painting Siena

    • For studio art majors: One of the four beginning/intermediate painting and/or sculpture requirements

    • For art history majors: One of two studio art requirements

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FA 45a Early Renaissance Art in Tuscany from the Age of Dante to the Medici

Examines the development of late Medieval and Renaissance Art and Architecture between 1200 and 1500, with an emphasis on the centers of Siena and Florence, as well as artists who worked in these cities. Offered as part of the Brandeis in Siena Study Abroad program and fulfills the School of Creative Arts requirement. For art history and studio art majors, the class fulfills the Renaissance to Modern Art History requirement. This class also fulfills requirements for the Italian studies and medieval and renaissance studies minors.

Taught every other summer by Professor Jonathan Unglaub.

Course Credit

The course grades will be listed on your Brandeis transcript and will count in your overall GPA. The courses will count as Brandeis credit, and not as transfer credit.

  • Both courses satisfy the Creative Arts requirement

  • FA 45a Early Renaissance Art in Tuscany from the Age of Dante to the Medici

    • For art history majors: Renaissance/Baroque distribution, or elective

    • For studio art majors: One of the Renaissance to Modern Art History requirement

    • For Italian studies minors: Elective

    • For medieval and renaissance studies minors: Non-history elective

Academic Excursions

During the program, there will be an academic field trip to Florence and a one-day trip to San Gimignano, as well as many visits to sites in and around Siena. These field trips are incorporated into the curriculum of both courses.

Prerequisites

No prior background in fine arts is required, however, students who have taken fine arts courses will be given first consideration. Students without a fine arts background are strongly encouraged to enroll in a fine arts course prior to departure. Any student will be eligible to participate in this program as long as they are not on judicial or academic probation.